Banquet Event Orders:
An Overview

Have you ever heard the phrase "BEO" and wondered, what are they talking about? Or, have you worked with Banquet Event Orders in the past but are interested in staying up to date on how they are evolving to get better over time? We'll cover everything you need to know about BEO's here.

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What Are BEO's And Why Should You Use Them?

A banquet event order is a comprehensive document that outlines every single detail of an event being held at your hotel, restaurant or event venue. Your BEO should be the only reference point needed to successfully execute a given event and as a result, it should be detailed and thorough. The image to the right shows a sample BEO, which is very similar to the BEOs that you will find at most hotels, restaurants and venues.

There are six main sections to the BEO:

1) Contact Information
2) Schedule
3) Food And Beverage Order
4) Room Setup
5) Audio Visual/Outside Vendors
6) Contract/Signature

The Six Main Parts Of A BEO

Below is an overview of the main parts of a standard BEO along with a quick description of what each section is for.

1) Contact Information

Make sure the correct contact information for both the client and the venue contact are on the BEO. Also ensure an office phone and a cell phone are included and that the event name is correct.

2) Schedule

The schedule should include the setup time, start time and end time and both the client and Event Manager should double check the information is correct. As well, it should include the final guest headcount.

3) Food & Beverage Order

Every menu item should be detailed on the BEO including any specifics such as vegetarian, etc. Ensure this is done not just for food items but for beverages as well. This section looks very similar to an invoice when completed.

4) Room Setup

The Room Setup should outline every aspect of the space. If it's a non-standard room setup, try to include a diagram whenever possible that is attached to the BEO. Include major pieces of furniture and decor.

5) AV/Outside Vendors

Audio Visual services are included on a BEO occasionally but if the venue contracts out their A/V services, there is often a separate contract for the A/V. Outside vendors and their delivery schedule should be included.

6) Contract/Signature

A BEO is a contract, so most BEOs will include terms and conditions to agree to along with a line for each party's signature, title and the date. It only officially becomes a BEO when both parties have signed.

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